Classic Iceland

Classic Circle tour
9 days
Jun - Sep
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This comprehensive, escorted tour shows you the ever-changing scenery of the Icelandic countryside- from mountains and valleys to volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, hot springs and waterfalls. Experience the wonderfully diverse landscapes, as well as the culture and history of this unique land. 

Day 1 Reykjavik Arrival
On arrival at Keflavik Airport transfer by airport coach to your hotel. The small city centre is characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping and dining. Recently established as a haven for food lovers, numerous restaurants have taken advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. There are also many wonderful museums, including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture and the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10thC Viking longhouse, unearthed in 2001. You may also like Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavik. Please note: dinner tonight is NOT included.

Day 2 Visit Saga Territory and Climb a Volcano
After a short Reykjavik city tour, we head north towards West Iceland, where the settlement centre in Borgarnes introduces us to the Icelandic Sagas and their impact on Iceland through the ages. A 40 minute return hike takes us to the rim of Grábrók volcano crater, situated amidst a huge lava field. At the top, there are great views of the surrounding landscape. Next is Deildartunguhver - one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe, then it is onwards to Hraunfossar - a unique waterfall that drains from under the lava fields into a glacial river. A 10min walk takes us to Barnafoss (Children's Falls), with its strange rock forms carved by Hvítá river. Enjoy Icelandic history at the cultural site in Reykholt. This was home to the 13thC writer, scholar and chieftain Snorri Sturluson; the author of many sagas. Here we see Snorri's pool, one of Iceland's most important cultural and archaeological sites. Overnight in West Iceland.

Day 3 North to Akureyri and Whale Watching
Today we drive over mountain passes, through lava fields, beside green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscapes to North Iceland. We pass Skagafjörður (Valley of Horses) and after lunch break, we go whale watching (weather permitting) at Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, just below the Arctic Circle. The most common species are humpbacks and minkes, harbour porpoises and dolphins. The tour also includes about 30 minutes of sea angling. You may catch cod, haddock, pollock, catfish or even a giant halibut. Next stop Akureyri, Iceland's 2nd largest city, before reaching picturesque Húsavík in Northeast Iceland. Stay here for 2 nights.

Day 4 Godafoss and Lake Myvatn
Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods) is one of the country's most spectacular waterfalls and it holds a prominent spot in history. Tour the Lake Mývatn area, which is considered to be one of the most fertile areas in the world, this close to the Arctic Circle. Also known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes, the lake's unique features have been shaped by nature, including strange lava forms, volcanic craters and small bays filled with thousands of birds. Wander through mysterious Dimmuborgir lava field, see pseudo-craters and Hverfjall tephra cone. Our last stop is Mývatn Nature Baths, where we will soak in the warm geothermal water, filled with minerals. A great spot to bathe and enjoy some relaxation and rejuvenation.

Day 5 Viti Crater Lake  and Vatnajokull National Park
Start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð with hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools. At Kraftla, we see the impact of volcanic activity and the smell of sulphur hangs heavy in the air. Víti (Hell) is a circular explosion crater, filled with blue water that is surrounded by a surreal volcanic landscape, with colourful mountains. The steam hissing out of vents creates an eerie atmosphere. Continue to Dettifoss (44m), Europe's most powerful waterfall, situated in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park, where our round trip walk takes about 40-60mins. From there we drive through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. En-route, we stop at Möðrudalur farm which sits at 469m above sea level, to visit the local church, built by hand in 1949. Continue across barren landscapes, through Jökuldalur valley to reach fertile Fljótsdalshérað region. In the narrow glacial lake, Lögurinn, keep your eyes open for the giant Lake Worm! Overnight in East Iceland.

Day 6  The East Fjords and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Travelling further along the Ring Road towards the South East of Iceland, you can admire green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscapes and tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. We stop at Djúpivogur village, then see Vatnajökull; Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over the Southeast. Past Höfn, we stop for a boat ride among the floating icebergs on magical Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lake, then out to sea. You may even recognise the glacier and lagoon from some famous films (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, James Bond: Die Another Day). Spend tonight near Skaftafell, in the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.

Day 7 Vatnajokull National Park and South Iceland
Vatnajökull National Park covers about 14% of Iceland and offers great contrasts in landscapes - glaciers, birch forests, moors, mountains, glacial rivers, brooks and sandy outwash plains. Explore Skaftafell region, nestled below Iceland's highest peak and Europe's 2nd largest stratovolcano, Hvannadalshnjúkur (2110m). We walk close to one of the area's many glacial tongues. After crossing a sandy desert, drive along the south coast between the sea, rugged mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. See vast Eldhraun (Fire Lava); a beautiful lava field which was created by the devasting, year-long Laki eruption (1783). The years that followed are referred to the 'misty times' due to the volcanic ash that lingered in the air. Onwards to the famous Reynisfjara shore, near Vík. Widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beach in Iceland, it also features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid and abundant birdlife including puffins, fulmars, and guillemots. Iceland's past comes alive at Skógar Folk Museum with its turf houses. Next stop is Skógafoss waterfall (62m) which often has a rainbow. Travel along Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano, to visit narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall (65m) with a small walking track that leads behind the waterfall itself. You will get wet but it does offer a different viewpoint. Journey continues through Iceland's biggest agricultural area, to South Iceland. 1 night here. 

Day 8 The Golden Circle and Reykjavik
We start the day with Icelandic horses at Friðheimar farm and an entertaining horse show. Witness a display of the gaits and unique qualities of these special animals that have adapted to the country's landscapes. On to the Golden Circle and its wonderous sights. Gullfoss, the beautiful double Golden Falls that tumble 34m into the Hvítá river. Next stop is Geysir - the active geothermal area where we see Strokkur (The Churn) as it spouts 25m up in the air, every five to ten minutes. Continue to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is of exceptional geological and historical interest. See for yourself where the continental tectonic plates of America and Eurasia are slowly drifting apart. Overnight in Reykjavík, Iceland's capital. Please note dinner tonight is NOT included.

Day 9 Departure
Arrangements end with your transfer by Airport coach, to Keflavik Airport.

2018 departures:  02, 16, 30 June; 14, 28 July; 11, 25 August; 08, 22 September

Includes: 8 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities; return Airport coach transfers; 7 day fully escorted tour with English-speaking guide; 8 x breakfasts and 6 x 3 course dinners; visit to two national parks; whale watching and sea angling tour (weather permitting); boat trip on Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon; Icelandic horse show; entry fee and towel at Myvatn Nature Baths; admission to Icelandic Settlement Centre; entry fee at Skógar Folk Museum.

Maximum Group size: 20 persons

Accommodation in the following hotels or similar: Fosshotel Reykjavík first & last nights; Fosshotel Reykholt West Iceland 2nd night; Fosshotel Húsavík Northeast Iceland 3rd & 4th nights; Hotel Hallormsstaður East Iceland 5th night; Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon 6th night; Hotel Örk Hveragerði South Iceland 7th night

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5346.00
Single AUD$ 7394.00

Includes: 8 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities; return Airport coach transfers; 7 day fully escorted tour with English-speaking guide; 8 x breakfasts and 6 x 3 course dinners; visit to two national parks; whale watching and sea angling tour (weather permitting); boat trip on Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon; Icelandic horse show; entry fee and towel at Myvatn Nature Baths; admission to Icelandic Settlement Centre; entry fee at Skógar Folk Museum. 

The prices shown here are for departures in September.  

 

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5656.00
Single AUD$ 7713.00

Includes: 8 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities; return Airport coach transfers; 7 day fully escorted tour with English-speaking guide; 8 x breakfasts and 6 x 3 course dinners; visit to two national parks; whale watching and sea angling tour (weather permitting); boat trip on Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon; Icelandic horse show; entry fee and towel at Myvatn Nature Baths; admission to Icelandic Settlement Centre; entry fee at Skógar Folk Museum. 

The prices shown here are for departures in June, July and August  

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